Its Thanksgiving season and its all about food. And since this is a site that is first of all about food, there must be something to say about it at Thanksgiving: how to make it healthy, how not to eat too much of it..... blah to that. Just eat in the ways that the Nutrition Kitchen exemplifies most of the time and go enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. Here I want to get beyond food and explore other aspects of life that effect our health and wellness. Does practicing gratitude qualify?
Welcome to my blog. I know this site is first of all about the Nutrition Kitchen, but truth be told I have interests in many aspects of health and wellness. So if you’re interested, this is where you will find me ruminating on some of those. Things related to nutrition might find their way here, of course, especially if I think it’s something that deserves a longer treatment than a short facebook post. Think recipes, for instance. Other categories I think are important that relate to wellness might include:
Fitness. The nutrition kitchen first started when I was approached by a personal trainer who knew that if his clients were really going to get to mission accomplished they needed a solid nutritional program to complement their fitness training. And off we went. Along the way we had an ongoing debate about how big a piece of the pie (that would be a turkey pot pie with almond crust and granola topping: fans of the kitchen might recognize that) each element was in the overall picture. Oddly enough, we both insisted that the other’s discipline was the more important: I went for fitness, he went for nutrition. Regardless of where it falls, this is something I’ve been interested in and on occasion may have some thoughts. Or I might have a guest who actually knows what they’re talking about give us an offering.
Stress management. In my studies on wellness, particularly some of what I dived into during my education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I became impressed by how important this issue is in our overall wellness. Thinking about just how under-appreciated this issue is totally stresses me out sometimes. But seriously, although I sometimes lose track of the degrees and certificates I have: pre-grad, grad, post grad degrees; culinary school, health coach training…. If I were to dive into it one more time the one I would consider would be mindfulness based stress management. I actually created an 8 week course in that based on my studies which I make available for free if you’re interested. In any event, It is very possible you’ll get exposed to your fair share of my rants on that subject.
Other stuff. In my mind, wellness means living well in this world which starts with being well. That broadens the horizons of what is fair game for discussion, as you can imagine. I take particular interest, for example, in the mind/body/spirit connection. That can bring us into some of those fuzzy areas related to spirituality and relationships and such stuff. You may end up deciding you need to be a little more discerning here, and just stick with the recipes for turkey pot pie. I completely get that. Don’t worry.
My personal mission is that every day I want do something that adds value to someone else’s life. I’m going to do my best to see that whatever ends up on this page has the potential to do that for my readers. I will post to the Nutrition Kitchen facebook page when something new comes up, so liking that will be a good way to get notified when I’ve gone off on something I thought might be useful.
To your health,